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Etymology 1Edit

After the Dutch city of Delft.


delft (uncountable)

  1. A style of blue and white earthenware.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 39
      Here and there was an Italian cabinet surmounted with Delft, and here and there a bas-relief.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in The China Governess[1]:
      Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.

Etymology 2Edit


delft (plural delfts)

  1. A delf; a mine, quarry, pit or ditch.
    • Ray
      The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could [] keep them dry.